A conflict's importance lies not in its causes, but in its consequences.Explain and Discuss . thank you .A conflict's importance lies not in its causes, but in its consequences.Explain and Discuss...

A conflict's importance lies not in its causes, but in its consequences.Explain and Discuss . thank you .

A conflict's importance lies not in its causes, but in its consequences.Explain and Discuss . thank you .

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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This would probably be better suited for the discussion boards.

In most cases, I would agree with this statement.  However, in The Crucible the characters who were accused as witches were doomed from the start.  Only those whose trials did not begin survived, with the exception of Elizabeth Proctor, who was given a stay of execution until her baby was born.  There was no defense against being accused as a witch.  They turned everything against the accused...even the old man who lives next door to the Putnams and walks with a cane, but evidently came into Ruth Putnam's room at night to torture her. 

The consequences of both this play and the double meaning--Miller's attack on the "witchhunt" for Communists in the 60's--are clear.  Innocent people are effected, lives are ruined, people who held places of respect and honor in society are yanked brutally from those posts, nobody trusts anybody anymore, and anger and fear are rampant.  I would like to see a sequel to this play and view how these accusing girls grow up in the town.  Are they all living outside the town as Goody Good did in her ragged little hut...awaiting the next group of crazy girls to point at them and scream, "witch!"?

One good thing that comes from the play is the change in Reverand Hale's character...he is less likely to just take the word of others as the gospel truth and more likely to truly investigate to find the truth for himself. 

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